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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Today’s readings offer sober prompts for reflection. In the First Reading, from Jeremiah 31, God promises to renew the old, broken covenant by putting His law within the people; and the psalmist, in Psalm 51, cries out for the grace of internal renewal on a personal level. These passages are easily understood. But the Second Reading and Gospel demand pondering.

Both readings focus on Jesus’ agony in anticipation of the Passion. In Hebrews, the author recounts that because of Jesus’ reverence, God, the only one who could save Him from death, heard His “prayers and supplications…loud cries and tears.” Jesus was certainly not spared from death, but He was indeed saved from death in the sense of being raised from the dead. The Gospel conveys another insight about Jesus’ reflections (placed by John among the Last Supper discourses rather than in the garden at Gethsemane): “I am troubled now. Yet what should I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour?’ But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour.” Jesus was not backing off from trust in the Father. After acknowledging His inner state, Jesus was able to move through the natural human fear to see the place His coming Death would have in the victorious plan of the Father—that His Crucifixion would result in a “lifting up,” bringing about an ingathering of “everyone.”

Finally, how can the author of Hebrews say that Jesus “learned obedience from what He suffered” and “was made perfect?” He was, after all, the eternal Son of God! These are assertions about the consequences of His humanity. Incarnate as Jesus, the Son really did learn experientially what it is for a human being to suffer. And in this experience of solidarity with humanity, He was perfected precisely as a mediator between the divine and the human. At Home with the Word.

In His love and mine,

Fr. Ken


In the Spring of 1988, Bishop William D. Keeler formed a new parish to accommodate the rapid growth in Silver Spring Township and named Reverend James R. O’Brien as the founding pastor. That same year, Mother Katharine Drexel was beatified by Pope John Paul, II. Saint Katharine DrexelAt Bishop Keeler’s request, the Holy Father gave his permission to name the Parish in Silver Spring Township as the first parish in the world to be named in her honor. Eighteen years later, on October 1, 2000, Blessed Katharine Drexel was canonized and the church’s name changed to Saint Katharine Drexel.

The Saint Katharine Drexel Parish Family, guided by the Holy Spirit, commits itself to reaching out and sharing with all people the love and service modeled by our patroness, with the Eucharist as our source of strength. Through prayer and action, we will serve God, our Lord and Savior, and our community, exhibiting a special concern for the poor, oppressed and marginalized of our society, especially those among the African-American & Native-American peoples.


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